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  • Only on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley You don’t usually have to look too far to find fun things to do around Central Florida, and we’ve got you covered by selecting the best of the best each week. Estee Martin talks through our top weekend picks early Friday morning on Orlando’s Morning News with Joe Kelley. icFlorida Fun 3: UCF Game At 4-0 on the season, the No. 12/13 UCF football team will conclude its homestand this weekend at Spectrum Stadium. The Knights will welcome SMU to Orlando Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.   Movie Night at Leu Gardens: Poltergeist Experience movies outdoors in Orlando’s most beautiful garden! This month’s outdoor movie is Poltergeist. The gardens open at 6pm and the movie begins at 8:30pm. Outside food and alcohol are allowed.   Booktoberfest Don't be late for this very important date! Booktoberfest takes over the library for one night every year. Sample a tasty variety of beers from America's Oldest Brewery, Yuengling Beer, and enjoy some light bites from Roque Pub, Pom Pom's Sandwicheria and more. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Orange County Library System.   Want to make sure you are prepared for this weekend’s weather? WFTV’s meteorologist Brian Shields is here to help! - https://www.icflorida.com 3 More Fun Things:  Barberville Pioneer Settlement Harvest Fest  Florida Wedding Expo - Orlando  21st Annual Lake County Folk Music Festival  Stay in the know about what fun things are happening throughout Central Florida at icFlorida.com. - http://www.icflorida.com/  
  • New from the Amway Center: Live Nation announced today that legendary musician Billy Joel returns to Orlando’s Amway Center for one night only on Friday, January 11, 2019. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10 a.m.  “Billy Joel returning to our Amway Center is cause for celebration,' said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. 'He's one of the world's best known and most beloved artists, whose music resonates with audiences of all ages. We enthusiastically welcome him back to Orlando and anticipate another memorable performance.'  'Amway Center prides itself on creating legendary experiences for our patrons and with Billy Joel, you know he always delivers,' said Orlando Venues Chief Venues Officer Allen Johnson. 'We look forward to hosting him again on January 11 and singing along to all his hits.'  Joel is one of rock ’n roll’s best, performing his unrivaled catalog of songs that have made up the soundtrack of many lives and is one of the most revered entertainers in music history. During his five-decade career, Joel had 33 songs in the Top 40, is a Songwriters Hall of Famer, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Tony Award-winner (“Movin’ Out”), six-time Grammy® Award-winner (“Just the Way You Are” – Record of the Year and Song of the Year, “52nd Street” – Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance and “Glass Houses” – Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance) including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. With over 150 million records sold, he is one of the best-selling artists of all time, sixth best-selling recording artist and third best-selling solo artist in the U.S and one of the highest-grossing touring artists in the world.   In 2014, Joel received The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which honors living musical artists’ lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. He also received the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond. In 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards. In 2011, Joel became the first pop musician honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan, the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the collection. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden’s most extraordinary benefit concerts – “12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief,” which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and “The Concert for New York City,” which was hosted to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his extraordinary career.
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday would turn on the credibility of its two star witnesses, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he sexually assaulted her. But there is much more that will be electrifying the atmosphere in the cramped hearing room and the nation beyond the cameras. Allegations by other women. Death threats against the witnesses' families and lawmakers considering the testimony. President Donald Trump's Twitter rants. The #MeToo movement and the looming Nov. 6 midterm elections. And a critical question that can't be answered until the hearing, technically, ends: Can Senate Republicans get a 51-49 majority in Kavanaugh's favor? 'We have lit a match,' said retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., a frequent Trump critic. 'Do we appreciate how close the powder keg is?' How to Watch and Listen: You can listen live on your radio on News 96.5 WDBO all day commercial-free.  You can stream live from our website here.  After you get out of your car, you can continue to listen live, seamlessly in the News 96.5 WDBO app.  You can also listen live on your Alexa and Google Home and other smart speaker systems.  If you’d rather watch the hearings, you can stream live video from the News 96.5 WDBO Facebook page.  Today’s schedule of events: The hearings begin promptly at 10:00 AM eastern with opening statements from Senators Grassley and Feinstein. That'll be followed by an opening statement from Dr. Ford with no time limit. Dr. Ford will be questioned by each of 21 Senators with 5-minutes each. Yet, each of the Republican Senators are expected to yield their time to sex crimes investigator Rachel Mitchell. They'll take a break after Ford for lunch and reset and do the same with Kavanaugh. It's expected that the whole proceedings will wrap up around 4 or 5 pm.
  • Starting today, News 96.5 WDBO expands fan-favorite The Brian Kilmeade Show to all three hours - weekdays 9:00 AM until noon.  The decision to expand Kilmeade comes after long-time host Herman Cain announced his retirement last week.   One of Fox News Channel’s most recognizable personalities, Brian Kilmeade, co-host of the popular FOX & Friends morning show, delivers a unique brand of radio to FOX News Talk.  Brian engages listeners with a wide-range of topics and issues, from the major political stories of the day, to culture, sports, movies, music and more…bringing them right into the true “newsroom of life.”    Kilmeade will be joined by top personalities and contributors to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network along with other leading newsmakers, news breakers and experts on a regular basis. A lot of listener interaction takes place as well via calls to the show and e-mails or posts to the Kilmeade & Friends community!
  • Cox Media Group Orlando today announced that Power 95.3 F.M., WPYO will change its music format from hip hop to today’s top hits from popular genres.  “Cox Media Group Orlando’s has an unmatched footprint in Central Florida because we focus on our audience,” said CMG Orlando Market Vice President Paul Curran. “Our listeners told us they wanted a new hits station, and we are excited to provide them with Orlando’s new, No. 1 choice for all the hits.”  You can stream the new Power 95.3 here.   The new format will feature today’s top artists including, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Cardi B and Selena Gomez. The station will also give listeners 2-hour COMMERCIAL FREE music 3 times a day, weekdays at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.   “The evolution of Power 95.3 fortifies our Orlando Radio portfolio and strengthens CMG’s national footprint of best-in-class brands,” said Tim Clarke, VP of Audience and Content for CMG Radio. “I am truly excited for listeners in Orlando to have a new premium option for music and pop culture content.” You can follow Power 95.3 on Facebook here. 
  • Even if you aren’t able to make it to downtown Orlando this year on April 29th, you’ll still be able to enjoy the 2nd Annual Florida Puerto Rican Parade as you’ll be able to watch it live on Channel 9 - WFTV.  The parade starts at 10:00 AM and begin on East Concord Street and North Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, and end at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The fun will continue at the Seneff Arts Plaza with the free Puerto Rican Festival. “As the largest Puerto Rican market in the United States, we are truly excited to announce this partnership with the Florida Puerto Rican Parade and Festival,” said Paul Curran, market vice president for Cox Media Group Orlando.   Cox owns WFTV and sister station WRDQ-Channel 27, which will offer a repeat of the parade at 11 p.m. April 28.   ‘Nancy Alvarez and our Eyewitness News team have worked tirelessly to share stories of resiliency and recovery on the island after last year’s devastating storms,” Curran added. “With more families relocating to Central Florida every day, this event is a perfect opportunity to continue our mission of serving our community.”  There will be food, live music, arts and craft vendors and more! For more information, click here.
  • Today and tomorrow we’ll be heating up ahead of our next big front. That front will move in late Sunday and bring with it the threat of severe storms.  All of us are under the risk of severe storms Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. The main threats will be damaging winds, hail and even an isolated tornado chance. Stay weather aware Sunday.  The front will zip through Sunday night and cooler weather moves in. It’ll be unseasonable chilly Monday night, with 40s and low 50s.
  • Our WDBO listeners are very passionate about our radio station and often feel a sense of ownership with us - “WDBO is MY radio station,” they’ll say.  And even when we make very minor changes in our on-air presentation, people are quick to notice.  In the last week, a great number of listeners have asked if we added the word “point” to the way we say News 96.5 WDBO.  The short answer is: Yes. We have.  But the big question is not ‘have we,’ but ‘WHY have we?’ With the rise of so-called smart speakers (Amazon’s Echo, Google’s Home, Apple’s Siri, etc.) radio stations around the world have had to consider making minor changes to the spoken brand (nothing changes with our visual logo) to assure that the smart speakers adequately return the desired product.  As an example, last year I had a conversation with Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade. I had noticed that Brian’s radio show had changed names from “Kilmeade & Friends” to “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”  I asked Brian why they made the change.  “We found that people who’d say ‘Kilmeade and Friends’ to their smart speakers were taken to a story about ‘Killing my friends.”  Well. That’s bad.  So it’s Amazon’s fault that Brian changed the name of his show.  And it’s Amazon’s fault that we’re had to put a point between the six and the five. 
  • Happy Birthday, David Hogg.  The Parkland, Fla., teenager has quickly become the recognizable face and voice of gun control after the shooting massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February.  At the stroke of midnight Thursday, Hogg tweeted: “Now that I’m 18 I can vote will you?” While Hogg was greeted with initial good will as a victim of a traumatic event, the gloves have slowly been coming off from political opponents and critics of his over-the-top rhetoric. And with him now of legal voting age, opponents are stepping up their criticism of Hogg.  Nearly 10,000 users have retweeted Hogg’s birthday proclamation, many of which are very critical of the teen. 
  • Joe Kelley

    News Director

    Joe Kelley has joined the staff of News 96.5 as News Director and host of Orlando's Morning News. Joe comes to Orlando from News 96.5’s sister-station KRMG in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he also held both positions.

    Joe has been recognized many times over for his successes as an on-air radio personality and community leader. He has received awards from Radio and Records Magazine, Radio Ink Magazine, the Dallas Press Club, and Las Vegas Women in Communications, the Tulsa Press Club, the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and more. In 2007, Joe was named to the "Top 40 Under 40" achievers in Tulsa People Magazine, The Journal Record Newspaper and the Tulsa Business Journal.

    More than just a broadcaster, Joe has been a writer for Tulsa Kids Magazine since 2005. His monthly column focuses on the observational humor he enjoys while raising his three young children with his wife of 16 years, Nicole. Joe's now featured in Orlando Family Magazine with his Twitter MoMENts column.

    Joe has been active in the Rotary Club and has served on the board of directors and as sergeant-at-arms. Joe is also a long-time volunteer, board member and former chairman of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma. Joe has raised more than $1.4 million in the last 7 years for Make-A-Wish.

    Radio was a calling for Joe.

    Literally.

    His broadcast career began in 1982, in the small southeast Texas town of Nederland.

    The phone in his high school journalism class rang. The teacher was out of the room at the moment, so Joe reached for the phone.

    “Hey, you wanna be on the radio?” the voice on the phone asked.

    Unbeknownst to Joe at that moment, on the other end of that phone line was a 30-year-plus career in broadcast journalism.

    Calling was a local radio station program director in need of free help.

    Joe jumped at the chance.

    For most people, opportunity knocks.

    In Joe’s case, it called.

    And while his initial introduction to radio was entirely unexpected, Joe's ascension to his level of professional success is quite deliberate and the result of three decades of thoughtful and creative performances on award-winning radio stations across the country.

    On the personal side, Joe has been married to the woman of his dreams, Nicole, since 1996. Joe and Nicole were winners on TV’s “The Newlywed Game” later that year.

    Nicole and Joe adopted an 11-year-old son from the state of Texas in 2001, after seeing his story on the Dallas TV news. Nicole gave birth in Dallas to their only daughter, Sierra, in 2003. The always-rambunctious Kelley twins, Hudson and Brooks, were born in Tulsa in 2006.

    Joe and Nicole are thrilled to move the family to Orlando and are very excited about making new friends in their new home.

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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • While allies of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi pressed hard this week to put her on the way to become the next Speaker of the House, a small group of Democratic holdouts is threatening to block her from getting to 218 votes on the floor in January, leaving Democrats uncertain about their leadership. “I’m concerned about the situation,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), as he left a closed door meeting of House Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon. “I can’t say that I’m optimistic,” Connolly told reporters, noting that those opposed to Pelosi as the next Speaker did not seem to be backing down. “I’m always true to my word,” said Rep.-Elect Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who made clear repeatedly during his campaign for Congress that he would not vote for Pelosi as Speaker. “Sometimes it’s good to have a fresh new face, and to have change and go forward with some new ideas, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that,” Van Drew told reporters. . @edokeefe: 'If the election were held today on the House floor do you have the votes to be elected Speaker?' @NancyPelosi: 'Yes.' pic.twitter.com/PUqW5bpgUr — CSPAN (@cspan) November 15, 2018 Meanwhile, Pelosi’s office continued on Thursday to churn out public endorsements from both established Democrats and those who have just been elected. “I truly believe that Rep. Pelosi has demonstrated the proven, tested leadership we need to confront the issues before our nation,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). “We cannot afford to come up short.” As for recently elected lawmakers, two new Democrats from California said they would stick with their home state colleague, arguing Pelosi would deliver ‘leadership that is bold, pragmatic, and capable of swift results.’ “This is why we support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker,” wrote Katie Hill and Mike Levin, who won seats in southern California. But the math to 218 votes seemed somewhat fraught for Pelosi, as if Democrats end up with around 235-240 votes in the House, a relatively small slice of the party could block Pelosi’s ascension, much as the Freedom Caucus threatened to do for several years in the House with the GOP. Senior House Democratic lawmaker on if Pelosi can’t get the votes to become Speaker: “It’s who blinks first. Is it Nancy or is it the caucus?” Another sr Hse Dem on the leadership fight: “It’s going to get ugly” — Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 15, 2018 “We had the biggest victory since 1974,” Pelosi said. “All of us are committed to a better future for America’s working families.” Whether that story line includes Pelosi as Speaker again – that won’t be determined until the week after Thanksgiving.
  • Pasco County deputies and members of the community are working together to bring awareness to people who fail to stop for a stopped school bus. On Wednesday, Monica Douglas recorded a video of a caravan of drivers blowing past a stopped school bus unloaded children on U.S. 19 in Pasco County.  According to WFLA-TV, deputies ticketed 13 people during their multi-day operation at that location. The U.S. has recently seen numerous incidents involving children being hit by cars while waiting for the bus.  In Tampa, a car hit five children and two adults waiting for a bus.  Two of those children suffered serious injuries. Here’s Douglas’ video of the Pasco County operation in action: (Video)
  • Investigators with the FBI are probing the death of an American woman on a Princess Cruises ship bound for Aruba, according to multiple reports. >> Read more trending news The 52-year-old woman, whose name was not released, died early Tuesday while aboard the Royal Princess, The Associated Press reported. Princess Cruises officials told WPLG in a statement that Aruban authorities boarded the ship, which can carry 3,600 passengers, when it arrived in the country. “We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities, including the FBI,” the statement said. “An official cause of death has not been announced.” Citing local media reports, CBS News reported that Aruban authorities are investigating the case as a possible homicide. The Royal Princess left Florida’s Port Everglades on Nov. 9 for a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise. It will return on Saturday to Fort Lauderdale. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • In what has almost been a daily event since Election Day last week, Democrats won another GOP seat in the House on Thursday, as a new form of runoff election in Maine knocked off a Republican incumbent, increasing the gains of Democrats to 35 seats, with seven GOP seats still undecided. In Maine, Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) had asked a federal judge to block the final tabulation of results in his district under the format known as “ranked choice voting” – but the judge refused, saying that was a political question, as Maine voters had approved the new runoff format twice in statewide elections. Poliquin is the 26th House GOP incumbent to be defeated in last week’s elections; Democrats lead in three of the seven remaining undecided House races, while Repulbicans are ahead in the other four – as Democrats could win three or four more seats. “Now we’re getting up to forty,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “That’s really a very big – almost a tsunami,” arguing that Democrats had to overcome Republican gerrymanders to notch their victories. At her press conference, Nancy Pelosi notes this year's freshman Dem class is the biggest since 1974 'Watergate babies.' “I don’t know if this Congress will name itself, but we’re almost close to 60 new Democrats,” she says. — Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) November 15, 2018 Regardless of what term you use to describe the gains by Democrats in the House, it will be the party’s biggest pickup since 1974, a class that was dubbed, “the Watergate babies,” when Democrats gained 49 seats. Overall, there will most likely be over 90 new members of the House, getting close to the total change in the Tea Party midterm election of 2010, when 94 new members arrived on Capitol Hill. While Pelosi expressed excitement about the growing number of new Democrats in the Congress, she flashed a bit of impatience with reporters on Thursday, as they pestered her again with questions about whether she would have the votes to once again be Speaker of the House. “I intend to win the Speakership,” said Pelosi, who served as Speaker for four years between 2007 and 2011. “I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be Speaker of the House,” Pelosi added, even as other Democrats were trying to come up with another candidate to oppose her. PELOSI latest: 1. Rep Jayapal isnt saying where she is – told us she, Rep. Pocan are meeting w Pelosi later. 2. Rep. Richmond (CBC chair) said he is not anti-Pelosi but if Fudge runs he will likely support. Also said he spoke w Fudge today and she did not bring up Speaker run. — Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) November 15, 2018 Pressed by reporters at a news conference, Pelosi said she would welcome a challenge by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), or anyone else. “I say it to everybody, come on in, the water’s warm,” Pelosi said. While Republicans held their leadership elections this week – House Democrats won’t vote until after Thanksgiving.
  • Imtiaz Muhammad was putting a cardboard box in his family’s garden shed Monday morning when he found his wife’s ex-husband hiding there -- with a loaded crossbow.  When all was said and done, Muhammad’s pregnant wife, Sana Muhammad, 35, was dead and their tiny son, born by emergency Cesarean section, was fighting for his life.  The morning was a typical one in the family’s home in Ilford, London, until Imtiaz Muhammad came across Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo in the shed, the grieving widower told London’s Evening Standard.  “He stared at me. He was going to shoot, so I ran into the house,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “My wife was doing the washing up, (and) I was shouting, ‘Run, run, run!’” >> Read more trending news Sana Muhammad was shot before she could get away. Her other five children, ages 1 to 17, witnessed the shooting, the Standard reported.  The Daily Mail reported that the three oldest children are Sana Muhammad’s children with Unmathallegadoo. The two youngest are from her second marriage.  “I can’t help thinking she took my arrow,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “Maybe it should have hit me. “The kids were all there; it was horrific.” Officials from the Metropolitan Police said Sana Muhammad was shot in the abdomen. She died a short time later at a hospital.  Unmathallegadoo has been charged with murder, police officials said. He remained in police custody Thursday.  No motive for the crime was given. The Daily Mail reported that friends of the Muhammads said Sana Muhammad, who went by the name Devi Unmathallegadoo during her first marriage, was previously Hindu and that her first marriage had been an arranged one.  Her marriage to her second husband, for whom she converted to Islam, was one of love, the Mail reported.  Medical staff were able to deliver the couple’s son, who the arrow missed by inches. The Mail reported that the projectile was still lodged in Sana Muhammad’s abdomen even as the baby was removed from his mother’s body.  “The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Mail. “The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in, because it would have been too dangerous to take out.” The baby, who has been named Ibrahim, was initially listed in critical condition, but Scotland Yard officials told the Standard that he has been upgraded to stable condition.  Unmathallegadoo is expected to stand trial for murder sometime next year.  Neighbors described the scene for the newspaper.  “I can hear the man screaming a lot, saying, ‘Help, help,’” one man told the Standard. “He’s knocking the doors, on the neighbors as well, he’s asking for help, screaming for help.” Nisa Khan, who lives across the street, called the homicide a terrible thing. She was friends with Sana Muhammad.  “She was more like a sister than a friend. I knew her for a good seven years, ever since they moved there, we’ve known them,” Khan told the Standard. “She was just a lovely lady, lovely mother, lovely wife. I never saw her being upset, she always had a smile on her face even in the hard times. “It’s just horrible. Everyone goes from this world, we all go, but the way she’s gone, it just hurts.” A GoFundMe page established by the Newbury Park community in Ilford is raising money to help Sana Muhammad’s family. A local Muslim cemetery, Gardens of Peace, has offered its services to the family free of charge. “Nothing can replace any loss, but we have come together as friends and as a community to provide additional support to the family,” the page said.